Green computing is changing the way businesses look at IT, and that’s most definitely a good thing!
We’re considering the planet and making eco-conscious decisions in our personal lives. Still, we need to do this in business too.
Making our tech greener is an excellent place to start - it’s better for the environment and better for your bank balance!
Want to know what the boxxe team are doing to embrace green computing? Then read on! 👇
What on earth is green computing?
Don’t know what green computing is? Don’t worry; you’re not alone.
Green computing is the umbrella term used to describe being environmentally responsible and eco friendly with your tech and IT.
It encourages us to produce, manufacture and dispose of tech in an environmentally sound way to ensure minimal damage is done.
Green computing allows businesses to minimise their negative impact on the planet by reducing their carbon footprints, conserving water, and consuming less energy.
It can provide long-lasting positive change and is a really tangible approach to saving the environment.
We’ve seen a massive rise in the adoption of cloud computing which is incredible. Still, we need to address new ecological issues that stem from the cloud.
Why do we need green computing if we’ve moved to the cloud?
OK, so times have changed. We’ve embraced the cloud and moved away from having large dedicated servers in every office.
But, the cloud essentially is just massive groups of offsite servers that loads of businesses use at once.
Even though we can’t see it, our data is still stored somewhere...and that somewhere is giant data centres.
These data centres use enormous amounts of power and have an astonishingly negative impact on the environment.
Are you ready for this?
Data transmission networks account for around 1% of global electricity used. That’s an insane amount of energy!
With the increase of IoT (Internet of Things), more mobile users, and the growing population, that number won’t drop anytime soon.
And it’s not just the data transmissions we need to consider; data centres get incredibly hot.
According to IGI Global, a staggering 42% of the power consumption in data centres goes to cooling devices.
But some exciting innovations are happening to solve this issue, including Microsoft successfully trialing an underwater data centre in Scotland. Now that’s incredibly cool (pun intended).
What does green computing look like at boxxe?
We take green computing seriously at boxxe. Our biggest priorities are
Let’s break it down.
Robust energy management policies help us reduce our energy consumption.
Why is this important? Did you know that out of the $250 billion we spend a year powering computers, only 15% of that energy powers active devices?
The rest is all used to power computers on standby, which is mindblowing! So we have a power management policy in place to reduce our energy bill and carbon footprint.
We all love it when we upgrade and get a shiny new bit of kit. New laptop day feels a bit like Christmas. But what is the environmental impact of this? What does the hardware life cycle look like?
⛏️ Mining and manufacturing
We need to be responsible and aware of the resources used to create the products we buy. We also should know if the mining is monitored for environmental impact and if hazardous substances are controlled.
For example, did you know that you have some of the world’s rarest mineral resources in your hands? Most mobile phones have copper, tellurium, lithium, cobalt, and manganese in them. So it’s essential to know where they’re mined.
We’ve scrutinised our supply chain to make sure all hardware we sell is sustainably sourced. So, for example, we’re a Dell Titanium Partner. One of the reasons we’re so proud to be one is that Dell co-created the Responsible Minerals Initiative.
Through it, they help make sure that essential minerals for building computer hardware are mined responsibly.
💸 Buying and using
When you need more computers for your growing team, do you really need to buy new ones?
At boxxe, we’ve been busy building our expertise in cloud computing to help extend the lifespan of office computers.
As in our Modern Desktop on Demand service, cloud computing lets users get all the computing power they need from the cloud. That means a users’ physical PC or laptop can slow down with age, but they still run applications as fast as a brand new device as long as they’re online.
With that, hardware can run for much longer before you need to replace it.
🗑️ Recycling and disposal
When you do replace your computer, phone, tablet etc. what do you do with your old one? Do you reuse it at home? Donate it to charity? Take it to a reputable disposal facility?
In 2019, the world produced a staggering 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste.
We all need to work together to reduce this drastically.
At boxxe, we’ve developed a sustainable recycling program for our customers, and we’ve partnered with the Turing Trust so our e-waste goes to students in Africa. This is an amazing initiative that we’re really proud of. We’re helping students with their education while also reducing e-waste.
B Corp aspirations
We’re very excited to be working towards B Corp certification.
B Corp is a global movement of business leaders seeking to redefine business so that it’s a healthy balance of profit and purpose with a strong focus on the environment and sustainability.
But it’s not just an internal thing. We like working with other B Corp companies because we know our interests are aligned. They’re also focused on sustainability, CSR (corporate social responsibility) and being ethical.
If they have B Corp certification, we instantly know they’re the kind of people we like doing business with. And we’re not the only ones who feel that way!
Your focus on sustainability and green practices are becoming a deciding factor for clients choosing suppliers. If you’re not addressing this, you’re already behind the curve.
We love the phrase ‘automate everything’.
It comes from the software world, but we believe all organisations should adopt this mentality too. Automation is fantastic; it saves you time, money and frees you up to concentrate on other business areas.
But it also plays a vital role in green computing. Paired with your cloud infrastructure, automation can help you quickly move and scale workloads based on demand.
Having less physical infrastructure allows you to maximise energy and resources efficiently from your servers. Asides from cutting the amount of energy you use, this can cut your cloud costs dramatically too. And who doesn’t want that?
It’s down to us as business leaders, IT teams, and employees to make sure we’re doing as much as possible to be green.
Automation can do the heavy lifting, making efficient power management, pay-per-use systems and multitenancy easy.
Azure Desktop on Demand
One amazing solution that can help your green computing initiatives is an Azure Desktop on Demand. Think of it like Netflix, but for computing.
Microsoft Azure is an extremely sustainable platform already. You can use it to be 93% more energy-efficient and up to 98% more carbon-efficient than you could with on-premises solutions.
On top of this, Microsoft have a fantastic roadmap to make them even more sustainable.
- By 2025, Microsoft have pledged to power Azure with 100% renewable energy.
- By 2030, Microsoft will be water positive, zero waste, and net-zero for deforestation for new construction.
An Azure Desktop on Demand is a great place to start with your green computing initiatives. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Are you ready to start taking steps towards green computing?
Here at boxxe, we’re all about making technology more human and keeping it green.
Want to know how we can help you use Azure Virtual Desktop to embrace green computing and save your business money? Get in touch.